EMERYVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Clif Bar & Company announced today it has received two 2017 Green Power Leadership awards—one for Excellence in Green Power Use from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a second for Leadership in Green Power Education from the Center for Resource Solutions.
The annual awards recognize America’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation’s voluntary green power market. The EPA and Center for Resource Solutions presented Clif Bar & Company with the awards today at the 2017 Renewable Energy Markets Conference in New York City.
Clif Bar was one of just eight organizations nationwide to receive the EPA’s Excellence in Green Power Use award. Through a combination of onsite solar and purchased wind power, Clif Bar sources nearly 16 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually to meet 100 percent of its electricity use at its headquarters, bakeries and satellite offices. According to the EPA, that’s equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 1,500 average American homes annually.
This is the fourth time the EPA has formally recognized Clif Bar’s commitment to the environment. Earlier this year, Clif Bar received the agency’s Climate Leadership Award for building green power use into its supply chain.
Additionally, the Center for Resource Solutions recognized Clif Bar for its effective and unique programs focusing on green power education. Through Clif Bar’s Cool Home benefits program, the company helps employees buy energy-efficiency improvements and solar installations for their homes. It also invests in NativeEnergy’s HelpBuild carbon offsets, supporting the construction of 35 farmer-, community- and school-owned wind turbines to help make the company’s operations carbon neutral. Clif Bar has maintained carbon neutral business operations since 2003.
“Clif Bar values doing business in a different way with a commitment to Sustaining our Planet as one of the five aspirations that guide our company,” said Elysa Hammond, Clif Bar’s vice president of environmental stewardship. “We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to support green power use and help build the climate movement among our employees, suppliers and the public. We are also deeply grateful for the leadership and support from our partners at the EPA who have provided us with valuable guidance along this journey.”
Green power is electricity generated from environmentally-preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Sourcing green power helps build renewable energy markets, reducing air pollution and other emissions driving global climate change.
About Clif Bar & Company
Clif Bar & Company crafts nutritious and organic food to feed and inspire adventure, including the CLIF® BAR® energy bar; CLIF Kid®, Nourishing Kids in Motion® and LUNA®; The Whole Nutrition Bar. Family and employee-owned, the company is committed to sustaining its people, brands, business, community and the planet. For more information on Clif Bar & Company, please visit www.clifbar.com, check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/clifbar and follow us at www.twitter.com/clifbar and www.instagram.com/clifbar.
About the Green Power Leadership Awards
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) co-sponsors the annual Green Power Leadership Awards with the Center for Resource Solutions. EPA recognizes winners in the following awards categories: Green Power Partner of the Year; Sustained Excellence in Green Power; Direct Project Engagement; Excellence in Green Power Use; and Green Power Community of the Year. This program recognizes the exceptional achievement among EPA Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through green power procurement, market leadership, overall green power strategy, and overall impact on the green power market. The ceremony takes place at the Renewable Energy Markets Conference. This year’s 19 recipients are using more than 13.4 billion kWh of green power—enough to power more than 1.2 million average American homes for a year. For additional information please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower/green-power-leadership-awards.
About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
The Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that helps increase green power use among U.S. organizations to advance the American market for green power and development of those sources as a way to reduce air pollution and other environmental impacts associated with electricity use. The Partnership currently has more than 1,400 Partners voluntarily using more than 43 billion kilowatt-hours of green power annually. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such as Fortune 500® companies; small and medium sized businesses; local, state, and federal governments; and colleges and universities. For additional information, please visit www.epa.gov/greenpower.